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Saturday, 2nd July 2016

Aspects of the History of





Speenhamland in times gone by.

The Broadway, Speenhamland in times gone by.


Tickets from The Corn Exchange, Newbury.


A day of talks with a common theme: Speenhamland.



Tony Higgott will look at the area at its peak during the coaching era.


Phil Wood will look at the history of Speenhamland's pubs and brewery.


Jane Burrell will look at the changing faces of Speenhamland's buildings over the years.


David Peacock will look at one of Speenhamland's more notable residents - James Money, a leading local architect responsible for many local landmark buildings.


There will also be short talks explaining Speenhamland's historic relationship with Newbury and the much maligned Speenhamland System.





Saturday 2nd July 2016 - 10.00am till 4.15pm.


St Nicolas Church Hall, Bartholomew Street, Newbury (limited parking available with advance bookings).


Advance bookings £10. £12 on the door.


PROGRAMME (Timings & Order subject to change)


  10:00 Registration & Coffee  
  10:15 Welcome NDFC President
  10:20 An Introduction to Speenhamland? David Peacock
  10:35 Speenhamland in the Coaching Era Tony Higgott
  11:30 Coffee  
  11:45 Many pubs, one brewery - a tippling history of Speenhamland Phil Wood
  12:30 Lunch (not included)  
  13:30 The Changing Faces of Speenhamland Jane Burrell
  14:30 Coffee  
  14:45 The Speenhamland System Phil Wood
  15:15 James H Money - Newbury Architect Dr David Peacock


As well as the talks there will be plenty of opportunity to consult the experts on any aspect of Newbury history.


Tea and coffee will be available between talks.




Jane Burrell is a former curator of West Berkshire Museum, Bridport Museum and the Airborne Forces Museum.


Tony Higgott was a long serving curator of West Berkshire Museum and for more years than he cares to remember was secretary of the Newbury District Field Club. He is the author of Newbury in the 1950s and The Story of Newbury (3rd Ed).


Phil Wood is a past president of the Newbury District Field Club and is an enthusiastic local historian who has studied many aspects of Newbury's history, notably Newbury's almshouses, its pubs and breweries and the lives of the men named on Newbury's war memorial.


Dr David Peacock is a well known historian of Newbury and the surroundng district whose PhD thesis was on Jack of Newbury and the Tudor cloth trade in Newbury. He is the author of the current edition of The Story of Newbury (4th Ed) and inumerable articles on local history in the Newbury Weekly News.





Box Office at

Corn Exchange Newbury




Newbury District Field Club Treasurer

at meetings or

R Godfrey

The Doghouse

10 Salcombe Road


RG14 1ED


(Member's tickets at a discount price of £8 are only available from Treasurer).






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